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Windies coach Phil Simmons said, prolonged preparations played a key role in the victory

Manchester. West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes the early arrival due to the covid-19 protocol gave players plenty of time to prepare which played a key role in the team's four-wicket win over England in the first Test at Southampton. The West Indies team reached England on June 9 and after that the team was practicing in a biologically safe environment. He gave the hosts a four-wicket haul on Sunday and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The series restored international cricket following the outbreak of the covid-19 epidemic. "I think it had a big impact on performance," Simmons said on Thursday, on the eve of the second Test starting at Old Trafford. We have been here for a long time, we bowled very well in the net because we had around 11 fast bowlers here. '' They said, "I don't want to miss my days but we used to come to England and play three or four practice matches before the first Test." We used to play three-day or four-day matches in between Test matches. That is why I think the practice time was very long after which we used to play the first test. ''

Simmons also praised his players' performance in the first Test, notably Jermaine Blackwood, who scored a decisive knock of 95 on the final day, and Shannon Gabriel, who took nine wickets in the match. But at the same time he also warned the West Indies players to avoid complacency. He said, "It was a great win for me because I think it clearly shows that the players have worked very hard in the last four to five weeks. It was a top-level Test match, in which both teams played very good cricket and in the final hour its result could go towards any team. "But you have to avoid getting complacent and you can only do this if you do the same things that you were doing before the initial Test," the coach said. At that time, that test has already happened. We now have to think about the match that runs from Thursday to Monday.

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